You know those moments when you look into your dog's eyes and feel like you're so in tune, they're basically a reflection of you? Well, while they can't promise you a personal connection, the Twitter account @YouAreDogNow can match you to your dog doppleganger. That's right: if you upload a photo of yourself and tweet it at their account, they will do their best to match you with a dog look-a-like.
Interestingly, there's actually some science behind why our dogs look like us. From the start, studies show that we tend to adopt dogs that resemble ourselves. The idea here is that if we have similar "effects" on our faces (say, long hair on a person and long ears on a dog), we'll resemble our potential pet enough to think of he or she as familiar, therein creating a connection between us.
More specifically, studies have found that people can identify dogs and their owners most accurately based on images of their eyes. Eyes are, of course, the pathways to our souls (as the saying goes), but this research really struck me as fascinating. Sadahiko Nakajima, a researcher out of Japan, has done some extensive research on this subject, and found that they could accurately match dogs to their owners based just on their eyes nearly three quarters of the time. Crazy!
Of course, I'm sure you're wondering what delights await you at @YouAreDogNow, so without further adieu...
This Is Stephen Colbert as a Small Dog.
This Dog Is Having Almost as Much Fun in the Water as This Guy.
This Tiny Dog Also Rocks Flannel.
These Two Really Have the Eye Resemblance Going.
And Here's Bustle's Own Anna Parsons.
I tweeted mine over myself, but I haven't gotten a tweet back yet. Even still, scrolling through these images is definitely an easy way to make your day a little brighter.
Image: Levi Saunders/Unsplash; Giphy